Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2018 00:51 UTC
Apple

Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources familiar with the company's plans.

The company quietly published a website, acwellness.com, with more details about its initiative and a careers page listing jobs including primary care doctor, exercise coach and care navigator, as well as a phlebotomist to administer lab tests on-site.

This new primary care group - a group of clinical staff that is run independently from Apple but is dedicated to Apple employees - will initially only serve Apple's employees in Santa Clara County, where its headquarters are located. Initially, it has two clinics in the county.

Scrip healthcare.

This is insanity.

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Good benefits and a healthy workforce
by fmaxwell on Fri 2nd Mar 2018 00:16 UTC
fmaxwell
Member since:
2005-11-13

This is insanity.

How is it "insanity" for Apple to provide a valuable benefit that helps them attract and retain top-quality employees, improve the health of their workforce, and reduce benefits costs?

I'm sure that Apple's health insurance is self-funded, so they are much better off having an Apple employee or family member go to a clinic where Apple has medical professionals on salary. The costs are probably much lower than having the same medical service provided by an independent, for-profit medical provider. The reduction in claims processing costs alone would be substantial.

I see nothing suggesting that Apple employees will be required to have all of their healthcare provided by Apple clinics. It's like a company nurse -- having one doesn't mean that you can't get medical care elsewhere.

Edited 2018-03-02 00:20 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It sounds rather insane to people from countries where healthcare is a right, not a benefit.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

It sounds rather insane to people from countries where healthcare is a right, not a benefit.

That's a very good point. I'm so used to the insane healthcare situation in the U.S. that I didn't even think of that.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

I notice that my comment was voted down and I'm trying to understand why. It was a respectful reply in which I tried to include cogent points, clear rationale, and explanations of things others might be unaware of (such as large companies like Apple self-funding employee health insurance rather than buying it from a third party).

I'm not here to detract from the discussion, so I'd appreciate it if someone could explain what was objectionable.

P.S. I hope it wasn't just because I didn't jump on the "Apple sucks!" bandwagon and that OSNews discussions rise above that kind of thing.

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